Thursday, 24 September 2015

Arsenal likely to face FA investigation after police make 10 arrests as fans go on rampage following 2-1 win over Tottenham


Police made 10 arrests at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night as tensions flared during a heated north London derby.
Metropolitan Police officers have confirmed the handful of arrests for public order, criminal damage and assault as part of their operation for the Capital One Cup tie between Arsenal and Tottenham.
Arsenal could also face an FA investigation after their supporters went on a rampage following their euphoric win against their deadly rivals.
Arsenal could face an investigation after fans tore down hoardings following their Capital One Cup win at White Hart Lane
Arsenal could face an investigation after fans tore down hoardings following their Capital One Cup win at White Hart Lane
Arsenal fans began vandalising the stadium following their 2-1 defeat of local rivals in the third round of the Capital One Cup
Arsenal fans began vandalising the stadium following their 2-1 defeat of local rivals in the third round of the Capital One Cup
Arsenal fans ripped up hoardings on the upper tier before dangerously dropping them on fellow supporters below
Arsenal fans ripped up hoardings on the upper tier before dangerously dropping them on fellow supporters below
An Arsenal spokesperson admitted 'concern' over the incident caused by what was described as a 'minority of fans'
An Arsenal spokesperson admitted 'concern' over the incident caused by what was described as a 'minority of fans'
Ecstatic at their north London derby victory; away fans ripped up hoardings at White Hart Lane as they celebrated at the final whistle.
The signs hurtled down towards the lower tier where fellow Arsenal supporters were located.
There were also clashes between rival supporters outside the stadium after the match.
Amateur footage showed how police were forced into action following the conclusion of the Capital One Cup tie as they pushed and shoved fans in an attempt to dilute any sort of rift between rivals fans. 
One Arsenal fan - Richard Serowka (@Serowka11) - took to Twitter to say: 'Hope the game is remembered for Flamini's goals rather than this,' referring to supporters ripping down Tottenham's 'To Dare Is to Do' hoardings.  
And the scenes could land the Gunners - and possibly Spurs - in hot water with the FA over failing to control their supporters; Wembley disciplinary chiefs set to look at the incident.
On the crowd disturbance an Arsenal spokesman on the: 'We are concerned that this happened, involving a minority of fans.
Arsenal fans taunt their north London rivals after sending them out of the Capital One Cup in the third round
Arsenal fans taunt their north London rivals after sending them out of the Capital One Cup in the third round
One Arsenal fan holds a piece of the signage while dangling over the top tier at Tottenham's White Hart Lane ground
One Arsenal fan holds a piece of the signage while dangling over the top tier at Tottenham's White Hart Lane ground
Police move in to calm the situation - while there were also claims of clashes between rival fans outside of the stadium
Police move in to calm the situation - while there were also claims of clashes between rival fans outside of the stadium
'We will work with Tottenham Hotspur and the authorities on this.'
Meanwhile, Wenger praised match-winner Mathieu Flamini following his brace against Tottenham.
Wednesday night was the Frenchman's first appearance of the season and his boss side: 'He is a fighter, Mathieu, he is a winner as well.
'I told him at the start of the season that it might be difficult maybe to be a starter but he decided to stay and fight.
'Overall, we responded well mentally and physically. It was a convincing performance.
'We were unlucky to score an own goal and after we found the resources to score a second.' 
A young Arsenal fans is steadied by a pair of friends as he balances precariously on the edge of the balcony
A young Arsenal fans is steadied by a pair of friends as he balances precariously on the edge of the balcony
Police appear to use batons (second left) to keep the unruly crowd under control after the Capital One Cup clash
Police appear to use batons (second left) to keep the unruly crowd under control after the Capital One Cup clash
Police and stewards lead one young Arsenal supporter away following disturbances after the game
Police and stewards lead one young Arsenal supporter away following disturbances after the game
Mathieu Flamini was the unlikely hero after scoring both Arsenal's goals - the second with a volley from 20 yards out
Mathieu Flamini was the unlikely hero after scoring both Arsenal's goals - the second with a volley from 20 yards out
A small section of Tottenham's home support direct abuse at Flamini after the Frenchman opened the scoring at White Hart Lane
A small section of Tottenham's home support direct abuse at Flamini after the Frenchman opened the scoring at White Hart Lane
Frenchman Flamini roars with delight after scoring a brace for Arsenal at White Hart Lane which saw the Gunners reach the fourth round
Frenchman Flamini roars with delight after scoring a brace for Arsenal at White Hart Lane which saw the Gunners reach the fourth round
Flamini is mobbed by his team-mates as Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) punches the air after taking the lead in north London
Flamini is mobbed by his team-mates as Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) punches the air after taking the lead in north London